Is is possible to steal a pet BACK if someone else stole it first?
Hmmmm…that’s a tricky one.
And it’s the question at the heart of this story from Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole?” page.
Check out what they had to say if see if you think they were out of line for what they did.
AITA for stealing my own cat back?
“I got Pebbles from a humane society when she was 2 months old. I love her with my whole heart. She is now 5 years old, soon to be 6.
14 months ago I had to move to an apartment that didn’t allow pets in the contract. I had no choice but to re-home Pebbles and was heart broken. But my grandma ended up taking her for me, so it wasn’t so bad, because I could visit Pebbles any time. She was safe in a house, all indoor, and well taken care of.
3 months ago, grandma d**d. And of course that was hard enough, but on TOP of that, Pebbles got grabbed without anyone consulting me and brought to my uncle and aunt’s house to live. They put her outside with their other farm cats. I drove out on my day off to see her, and she was looking scared and bedraggled. But they insisted she was fine. I went home heartbroken and angry.
Recently I was able to move into a better apartment that’s pet friendly with a roommate. I asked if I could have Pebbles back, but my aunt said no, that my cousins (F15 & F18) have grown attached. But frankly, oh well?? So I said fine, okay. Then last week during work hours, I took off on my lunch break, drove to the farm while they were at work and school, found Pebbles, put her in my car, and drove home to my new apartment.
It took them two days to even figure she was gone :/ then of course Aunt called me and asked if I had taken Pebbles. I said yes. She started to yell, so I just said ‘shes MY cat and I gave her to grandma for a while, not you’ and then have Ng up.
I think I’m legally in the clear because I took Pebbles back to the vet I took her to her whole life for a checkup, got her papers up to date, and microchipped her in my name. But my parents called me and told me they were disappointed in me, that it was immature to steal Pebbles and that the girls are apparently heartbroken.
I’m sorry my cousins are sad but I would do it again. Pebbles is MY cat and they weren’t taking care of her right. I never wanted to give her up anyway. If I’m the a**hole, that’s fine.”
Here’s how folks reacted on Reddit.
One reader said they’re NTA and that they actually rescued their cat.
And another said they did the right thing and that she’s NTA.
Another Reddit user said they did the right thing and the cat should have been offered back to them from the start.
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